Judgment day for judge Adele Williams and gang of six 'nuclear plotters' at Canterbury Crown Court
by Paul Hooper
Canterbury's top judge will find herself behind bars today...
held in custody accused of taking part in a plot to import a
Adele Williams – and her five other conspirators – will spend a
day in the cells to raise money for Victim Support.
And the judge, who normally hands out sentences at Canterbury
Crown Court and is pictured left, is to face the "wrath" of her
husband Judge Andrew Patience QC.
Judge Patience has come out of retirement to preside over the
And in the dock alongside his wife will be Judge Heather Norton,
Kent's Chief Constable Ian Learmonth, ex-BBC Radio Kent presenter
Barbara Sturgeon, Former High Sheriff of Kent Nigel Wheeler and
former High Sheriff Amanda Cottrell.
The prosecution will allege they brought nuclear material
through Dover – but all denied knowing they were carrying the
The jury is expected to be told they have four issues to decide
including drunkenness and insanity.
Judge Williams quipped: "It's the first time I have ever been
charged with conspiracy to import a nuclear weapon... but we are
hoping it all goes with a bang."
The hearing, which is open to the public, will begin at 10am
when the "Super Six" are expected to be locked up – although there
are rumours Judge Williams is planning to make an application for
bail over lunch.
The mock trial takes
place at Canterbury Crown Court today
The show trial – designed to give people a view of what happens
in court – is aimed at raising cash for the charity Victim
The judge added: "Victim Support do a lot of often unseen and
unreported work helping many people cope with the trauma of not
only finding themselves a victim of crime but then facing a court
hearing and the aftermath.
"Sadly, the misery of many victims doesn't end with the sentence
of defendants. The lock-in is designed to raise money for the
charity and awareness of the work done by VS – plus it is an
opportunity for people to see how a court works."
Anyone wanting to sponsor the legal lock-in or make a donation
can call Victim Support manager Susan Still on 01227 785573 or
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